The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 19

A Fish Called Selma (24 Mar. 1996)

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Washed-up movie star Troy McClure starts dating Selma in an attempt to silence bizarre rumors about his personal life and resuscitate his career.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Homer's Brain / Papparazzo / Waiter / Orangutan (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Kermit the Frog / Restaurant Patron / Entertainment Newsanchor / Chimp #2 / Dr. Zaius / Phone Man / Cigarette Man (voice)
Dr. Hibbert / Lenny Leonard / Reverend Lovejoy / Miss Piggy / Chimpanzee #1 (voice)
Troy McClure (voice)
Laurie / Chimp Nurse (voice)
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Washed-up movie star Troy McClure is pulled over for driving without corrective lenses, and forced to go to the DMV to get his eyes checked. While there, he meets Selma, who he asks out for dinner. Spotted by a reporter, he quickly realizes that being seen in public with a woman will grab enough headlines to revitalize his career, leading to a whirlwind romance between him and Selma. Written by Anonymous

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The "Dr. Zaius" song is a parody of Falco's hit, Rock Me Amadeus. See more »


Lisa: Dad, what's a Muppet?
Homer: Well, it's not quite a mop, it's not quite a puppet, but man...
[laughs hysterically]
Homer: So to answer your question, I don't know.
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Spoofs Now, Voyager (1942) See more »


Dr. Zaius
Written by Alf Clausen and Jack Barth
Performed by Phil Hartman, Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, and Pamela Hayden
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My favorite episode.
15 August 2006 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

With Phil Hartman as Troy McClure. Guest star Jeff Goldblum as McArthur Parker.

I absolutely love this episode!! This is one of the rare episodes that barely has the Simpsons in it at all and focuses on less common side characters.

Troy McClure is out of work and needs glasses to drive his car. When at the DMV he convinces Marge's sister Selma to let him pass the eye exam for a date. Troy soon finds that dating a woman (he previously had a fish fetish) puts him back in the spotlight. It soon becomes a fake Hollywood marriage, and to lay it on real thick, they need a baby.

This episode was good in so many ways. The animation on it was so good. For some reason it just looked perfect. This is the only time we really got to see into Troy McClure's character, and Phil Hartman gave an excellent performance. With an uplifting, but kind of sad ending, this episode was all it could be and more.

My rating: ****/****. 22 mins. TV PG D

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